Authroized Appliance Repair Aks the Question, "Are You Safe From A Dryer Fire?" Here Are Some Tips to Help Ensure That the Family Is Safe

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Everyday there are steps to take precautions to keep the family safe. Keep flammable materials in a safe environment, make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and teach kids what to do in case of a fire, but what about the potential fire hazard lurking in the laundry room? Take a proactive step by looking beyond the chimney and into the dryer system to keep the family safe.

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Authroized Appliance Repair recommends these tips to keep the dryer operating properly during day to day use. Try to keep the dryer as lint-free as possible by cleaning the lint screen or filter before or after each load of clothes. Hire a licensed appliance professional to clean the interior of the dryer chassis and inspect the rollers, belt, motor and heating system every one or two years. Keep the exhaust duct in good condition by disconnecting, cleaning and inspecting the duct on a regular basis. If the exhaust duct opening outside the house is low to the ground, make sure to check it monthly for leaves, birds’ nests and other debris. If needed, have a licensed appliance expert to check it the dryer and remove any potential fire hazard. Use semi-rigid or flexible aluminum ducting behind the dryer and smooth rigid metallic ducting through the wall to the outside vent. Avoid using white vinyl hose if possible. Metallic ducting will withstand heat better and be less likely to break than vinyl. The exhaust should only vent to the outside of the house - never to the attic or crawlspace. It’s best to use a flap vent that will open when the dryer is in use and close when it is off. This will keep birds and other animals out of the vent and will keep the vent from getting clogged with lint as easily as it might with a mesh or grate vent covering. The vents should be as straight as possible, with all excess venting trimmed off. Twisting or crushing exhaust piping restricts the airflow. Try not to use screws to put the vent pipe together, because the screw shafts inside the piping collect lint and cause additional friction.

Lint and debris in and around your dryer could be putting the home at risk for a dryer fire. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that in 2006, there were 17,700 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulting in 360 civilian injuries and 15 civilian deaths. The leading cause of dryer fires was failure to clean the appliance. To learn more about dryer maintenance, visit

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